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Where despair meets hope

December 29, 2009

"Shooting, raping, stealing, breaking into people's houses, robbing stores. . . . I just don't like living in a neighborhood like this," says Tyler Moore, 11. "It feels scary." Prichard, Ala., is so impoverished that it shocks even two former gang members who come from L.A.'s toughest streets. Luis Colocio and Agustin Lizama from Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention program in Los Angeles, traveled to Alabama to mentor the children in Prichard and brought with them a sense of hope. NATION, A12-A13

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